African-Type Necklace, late 17th-early 18th cent., Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados

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This record was last updated on 12 Apr 2017

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Jerome Handler, personal slide collection (copyright)

Found associated with a burial, this unique archaeological find of an African-type necklace was composed of dog's teeth, money cowry shells, fish vertebrae, glass beads; and a large reddish-orange carnelian bead (center). When excavated the exact pattern of the components of this necklace could be not be ascertained but all items were found on or near the area of the burial's neck. For details on this artifact and its associated burial, see Handler, An African-Type Healer/Diviner and his Grave Goods, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (1997), Vol. 1, pp. 91-130 and Handler, From Cambay in India to Barbados in the Caribbean: Two Unique Beads from a Plantation Slave Cemetery, The African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter (March 2007).